What to Expect When You are Breastfeeding (VIDEO)

Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby, but it can be very overwhelming for a brand new mom who doesn’t know what to expect. The media makes it look glamorous with images of a gorgeous, perfect mother sitting in a white flowing dress and calmly feeding her newborn as the heavens open up and the angels sing.

And then there is reality.

My sister-in-law is a brand, new, first time mom with a three week old, and already I’ve heard “why didn’t you tell me that?” more than once. Here is the thing – new moms have never been a mom, so they don’t know what questions to ask. Moms who have been there and done that don’t want to scare or overwhelm a new mom with too much information that they may or may not want.

When I asked my sister-in-law what are some of the things that new moms need to know – her #1 answer was “what to REALLY expect when breastfeeding.”

So, today is the day that we get real and I lay it all out for you. The amazing, good, bad and ugly of breastfeeding all in one Baby Gizmo video! I’ve done it all – breastfed exclusively, formula-fed, supplemented with formula and pumped. This is just going to be a girl to girl chat about what to really expect!

 

Comments

  1. Beth Riddell says

    One thing I never expected and never read in any of the books was the spray! My babies would move their mouth away and get shot in the face with milk spray. I wondered why they didn’t choke, it was a pretty heavy flow.

  2. Melissa says

    Leakage, when it’s early on and your body is still figuring out how this whole thing works one breast pad may not be enough. We went to a friend’s wedding when my first born was only 2 weeks old. She was an angel! Slept through the entire thing, however by the end I was VERY full and even though I had breast pads in, I have leaked through them resulting in an embarassing wet spot on my shirt which I noticed just in time for the reception.

    Also, you will be sore, and no it’s not necessarily b/c baby is latched on wrong, at first it just hurts. Lanolin helps, but pretty much no matter what you do there will be some soreness the first time. Good news is, this goes away soon, and with future babies you won’t really have much soreness at all. If you can make it through the first 2 or 3 weeks, it gets so so much easier!

  3. Christine says

    Also, clogged ducts. For some reason no one seems to be as unfortunate as me but I was very prone to clogged ducts. Nothing worked: nurse often, no wire bras, change sleeping position, change nursing position… But it does happen and I ended being on lecithin supplements to finally help with this. After crying for weeks no one knew to tell me to try the lecithin. Evidently my milk was thicker than normal so it caused frequent clogged ducts and it was so painfu, but lecithin to the rescue.

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